It’s not every day new buildings are permitted in one of the Royal Parks, so it was a great honour
when our design proposal for the extension and refurbishment of The Pheasantry won the tender for its catering concession on behalf of our clients, the Colicci family. From an architectural point of view our aim was to create a truly outstanding piece of architecture that blended the existing site seamlessly into its environment whilst enriching the surrounding landscape.
Working with the existing line of the roof’s archway, our extension’s design sweeps along the inverse path of the existing roof line tapering the building to the woodland. The result is a free flowing building that oscillates in a similar manner to a growing sine wave forming a unified, interrelated composition within the landscape.
Using the green credentials of the site, attention was given to the lighting of the space. As the cafe is mainly used during the day, daylight was an important contributor to lighting the space and with this in mind we punctured the ceiling with skylights throughout the roof letting in natural daylight. All materials used within the proposed extension match the existing building for a seamless integration.
This extension is unique in that rather than being the usual subservient extension, this extension actually creates a completely new building. This building has brought together all the wishes of our clients and has greatly elevated the experience of its visitors. Keeping true to the brief we worked hard to introduce sustainable building materials, harnessing natural light and working to the original buildings strengths where possible.
The new Pheasantry opened its doors in June 2013 and has become the main destination point for visitors to Bushy Park.